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Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science

Mathematics Careers

Why Study Mathematics at Butler?

The mathematics major is well suited to and designed for students who are interested in gaining employment in government or industry jobs that require problem-solving skills. Our students also are well prepared to attend graduate or professional school, or teach in secondary schools.

  • We are one of the few schools in the country to offer an undergraduate degree in Mathematics that adheres strictly to the rigorous guidelines of the Committee for Undergraduate Program in Mathematics.
  • Our courses largely focus on the study of theoretical mathematics in preparation for a variety of graduate studies.
  • Our one-of-a-kind Mathematics Research Camp provides an intensive eight-day introduction of research in mathematics.
  • We support student involvement in faculty-mentored research, professional conferences and problem-solving competitions, tutoring and other extracurricular enrichment.

Degrees

B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics

Mathematics Program Student Learning Outcomes

Our graduates are problem solvers with a broad knowledge of mathematical subfields. They are extraordinarily strong at thinking about and proving abstract mathematical statements, and they communicate mathematical solutions and concepts clearly and effectively. Butler mathematics majors carry with them an ability to understand mathematical arguments and assess their validity. They can identify the fundamental concepts in the main areas of mathematics, including set theory, logic, calculus, discrete mathematics, linear and modern algebra, and real and complex analysis.

They can construct mathematical proofs using standard techniques such as induction, contradiction, and contraposition, and they can solve mathematical problems by applying abstract theory and/or mathematical models as appropriate. Our graduates communicate well to various audiences—to individuals who might be trained in mathematics and to those who are not. This ability includes the use of mathematical word-processing systems to write mathematics. In these many ways, our majors understand various interconnections among the branches of mathematics, the discipline’s breadth and depth, and its beauty.

Where do mathematicians work?

Mathematicians end up in fields ranging from risk management to video-game development and from health care analysis to the military.

In 2014, the Department of Labor placed mathematicians at one of the highest median pay levels of any broad job category—$100,000 per year.

WeUseMath.org describes more than 40 career opportunities available to students of mathematics, including animator, architect, attorney, biostatistician, budget analyst, educator, foreign exchange trader, geologist, market research analyst, physicians, stockbroker, technical writer, urban planner, and more. 

If you have a question about the Mathematics Statistics, or Actuarial Science program at Butler University, contact:

Rena Duerksen
Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science
Phone:  317-940-9521
E-mail:  rduerkse@butler.edu